Tag Archives: teaching culture

5 Back-to-School Activities Supporting Student Diversity

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In a previous blog, Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K-5 ELs, I wrote about how teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by English learners (ELs) who are new to the United States by creating a welcoming environment in their classrooms. … Continue reading

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Connectivity With Google’s Cultural Institute

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

One of the greatest benefits of being online is the global connectivity it brings—connection to other people, other places, other perspectives, and, of course, other languages. Language teachers have been long aware of the connection between language learning and cultural … Continue reading

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TESOL 2015: Focus on Culture

Christine Uliassi
Christine Uliassi

The theme of the TESOL 2015 convention was “Crossing Borders, Building Bridges.” Here is a summary of the wonderful sessions I attended related to culture and intercultural communication; hopefully you can use some of what I learned in your own … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2015! Teaching Worldwide Celebrations

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Whether your English learners celebrate the New Year on January 1st or not, they will enjoy learning about some famous New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31st. This is also a great springboard to having your ELs talk and … Continue reading

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The December Dilemma and English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Hyungsoo, a second-grade student from Korea, sat across from me at the table in my ESL class with a pained look on his face. “Santa didn’t come to my house!” he complained. “I didn’t get any presents.” I knew the … Continue reading

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Culture Shock: A Mixed-Level Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

If you are teaching English as a second language (ESL) rather than English as a foreign language (EFL),  it’s likely that a significant portion of your adult students are currently experiencing some degree of culture shock as a result of … Continue reading

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Focus on Cultural Education: A Writing Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Living in a foreign country can be difficult if one doesn’t understand many of the cultural concepts that “locals” sometimes use on a daily basis.  When I came to the United States a few years ago, I realized how little … Continue reading

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